Del Mar Plaza rejuvenation plans are underway, after getting a green light from a unanimous City Council vote. Local owners, Patty and Marc Brutten, will have more flexibility in utilization of their private and public spaces than before. They intend to attract new businesses with new signage, new parking arrangements, new square footage for restaurants, and more flexibility in use of quasi-public spaces.
Owners report that sales at the Plaza have decreased 24% in the last two years. However, two new tenants, Sea Biscuit and Kim Kelly Fit studio, have been added recently. Patty says, “We do have two new very exciting restaurant tenants: Monarch Ocean Pub and Tamarindo Del Mar Latin Kitchen. Monarch is a gastro pub lounge and Tamarindo is fresh street tacos with craft cocktails! Both are proven operators who know our community and are very thrilled to be adding Del Mar to their collection of restaurants.”
The Sandpiper will be profiling these new restaurants in future issues.
The Bruttens are receptive to any ideas that locals may offer. They can be reached at 858-201-0956.
Weeding and Watering
Volunteers wanted for September 21 to help weed and water along River Path Del Mar from 9-12. If interested, please contact the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy on their website sdrvc.org/
Citizens interested in learning more about law enforcement and criminal justice can sign up for six evening programs in October and November. Apply on line at sdsheriff.net/citizensacademy/
Sea Level Rise
There is reason to be optimistic that the City’s formally adopted Adaptation Plan (AP), and in particular the Plan’s reliance on sand replenishment strategies and rejection of managed retreat, will be approved by the Coastal Commission (CCC) when it considers the City’s application to incorporate the AP into the City’s certified local coastal program (LCP) in October. CCC staff has informed the City that it will be recommending approval of the AP’s provisions with respect to rejection of managed retreat for Del Mar. The AP gained unanimous Council approval, and support from STAC and local grass roots groups, with the Surfrider Foundation’s representative on STAC also voting in favor of the AP. At press time, we are unaware of any individuals, organizations, or interest groups that are asking CCC to attempt to force managed retreat on Del Mar.